So with Brexit finally decided upon, and the UK leaving the European Union in the near future I wanted to finally write a blog about it. I’d kept kind of quiet on the matter because I wasn’t really sure. The lack of actual information coming from either side made it really difficult to have a strong enough stance on the matter for me personally. I don’t think I could have written a post about it without strong views.
However I do have some strong views on Cornwall’s majority leave vote. I live in Cornwall, and its a beautiful place to live. It really, truly is breathtaking to see the hills and the greenness, and the way it looks like you’re on holiday literally every time the sun comes out. I love where I live, but I’m disappointed in the people I live around because of this vote.
Headlines have surfaced of the county pleading with the Government to make assurances that Cornwall will not lose the amount of funding it had been promised by the EU. Cornwall has received £1bn, that’s £1,000,000,000,000 – over the last 15 years and was still set to receive £400m between 2014 and 2020. That’s a staggeringly large amount of money, and Cornwall isn’t the only county to be entering a huge shortfall like this. Not to mention the costs for the NHS and the costs of the referendum, plus costs for new PMs, legislation, etc is going to be incredibly high. Meaning its unlikely Cornwall will receive the money it so desperately needs to stay afloat financially.
This is what we Cornwall voted for. The poorest county in the country just bit the only hand actually feeding it. Although this is probably a little late, here’s a little list of things the EU provided or helped with in Cornwall. Just so my fellow Cornish people can really understand what it is they voted to get rid of:
- Cornwall and Isles of Silly Growth Program
This is essentially a program worth around half a billion Euros. Aimed at contributing to the Eu ambition to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
- MERiFIC (Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities)
Funded by the EU, the aim of this is to advance the adoption of marine energy across the two regions. In short giving electricity to those who live too far away from the grid.
This project ran from 2010-2012. Which aimed to link education and research with the needs of local authorities, businesses and peripheral regions. ie Trying to make Cornwall more self sufficient.
Plans to create sustainable energy communities in the UK
Innovative approaches to trying to drive the carbon economy down. Ie Nobody wants global warming
The overall objective of the RESGen project is to create realistic grounds and practical tools for developing regional energy self sufficiency.
Improve the environmental performance of regional development programmed and promote an EU-wide shift to climate friendly economies by developing the potential of regional development programms to stimulate mitigation and adaptation to climate change to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
To develop and implement an integrated maritime policy in the Channel area, whilst fostering concrete co-operation between stake holders.
- The Eden Project
Which was funded somewhat by the EU.
- Newquay Airport
Again, millions of pounds of EU money funded its expansion.
- Award winning beaches and seas
Which are only as nice as they are because of EU directives.
- The Trains & park and ride in Truro
Which have received heavy funding from the EU.
- The Number 1 arts University in the country, Falmouth University
Which nearly all of both campuses owes its growth to the EU.
- Superfast Broadband
An EU initiative
- Cornwall Air Ambulance
Requires public donations, but also received funding from the EU
Funded again by the EU
- Wave Hub
The pioneering wave energy device off Hayle was funded by the EU
- Innovation Centres
- Cornwall’s Business landscape
- The Cornish’ minority status
- Laws which protect the Cornish Pasty
So yeah, you dun goof’d Cornwall… you really dun goof’d.